A century ago, TsungYeh Arts and Cultural Center was headquarter of Japanese Meiji Sugar Manufacturing Corporation, which was founded in 1906. Inaugurated in 1911, TsungYeh Sugar Factory was the lifeblood of Madou’s economy. Although it is no longer a sugar factory now, retired sugar-carrying locomotives, stone mills, and architecture in Japanese-Western hybrid style, are displayed on the vast green lawns while hundred-year-old camphor trees shape a green tunnel in the park.
In 1999, the former Tainan County Government designated four buildings, including Red Brick Office, Wooden Guest House, Red-brick Dining Hall, and Wooden Official Residence, as Municipal Historic Landmarks. They are now transformed and renovated to house various exhibitions of crafts. Red Brick Office was the main office.Its austere and solemn design constructed with red bricks well fitted the Corporation’s core values. Wooden Guest House, a Kyoto-style wooden house, served as a club for high-ranking executives in Meiji. Red-brick Dining Hall was the canteen for the employees. The red-brick building is featured by the contrast of red and white in its appearance. Wooden Official Residence is a traditional Japanese wooden house with elegant designs.
TsungYeh Arts and Cultural Center has become a popular venue for cultural events and a focal platform for artists to exchange ideas and exhibit their artworks since it was open to public in 2001. Performances and expositions are held regularly in the historic buildings. From 2010 to 2015, TsungYeh has launched AIR programs to invite in craft artists. Art-in-residency is essential to involve local community in as well as to vitalize traditional crafts. Visitors can learn the skills of crafts and discover the pleasure from hand-made experiences.
In 2015, there are 29 artists who applied for Tsung-Yeh Artists in Residence Program, after examined and selected 6 outstanding artists engage Residence Program, which included two contemporary artists and four handicraft artists. The Tsung-Yeh Artist Village provides accommodation, studio, basic equipment and exhibition space to satisfy artist needs. During the Artists in Residence Program, we encourage artists to build up the interaction with the local cultural environment, which including folk beliefs, traditional arts, history and industrial development. These resident artists should organize some cultural events and activities for interacting with local community frequently.